Zimbabwe army denies coup against Mugabe as it takes control of Harare – live

Announcement by military on state broadcaster says President Robert Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’

A military spokesman, appearing on ZBC some hours after reports that troops had taken control of the state broadcaster, insisted the safety of Mugabe and his family was “guaranteed”:

We are only targeting criminals around who him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

to pacify a destabilising situation, to remedy the country’s suffering.

Earlier there were reports of multiple explosions in Harare, and news that military personnel had seized control of state broadcaster and principal Mugabe mouthpiece ZBC.

Amid mounting uncertainty about whether a coup was about to take place, the US and UK embassies in Zimbabwe advised their citizens to shelter at home:

Due to the uncertain situation in Harare, incl. reports of unusual military activity, we advise British nationals in the city to stay safely at home/indoors until the situation becomes clearer. Monitor this account for updates.

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